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In 1940 researchers injected eight mice with a lethal dose of bacteria. Four were also given penicillin. The penicillin recipients survived.
After this remarkable result, researchers did further animal studies on the effects of penicillin, discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming. By 1941 the drug was in wide use to treat soldiers in the Second World War. The research won the Nobel Prize in 1945.
Penicillin has revolutionized the treatment of bacterial infection, once a leading cause of death. The original simple animal test has led directly to saving literally millions of lives, both human and animal.
UBC supports neuroscientist Doris Doudet’s research
Animal rights activists occasionally use posters and leaflets to target leading UBC neuroscientist Doris Doudet, a professor of Neurology and a member of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre and Brain Research Centre, who uses advanced imaging techniques in non-human primates to better understand the disease processes involved in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This work has the potential to become a valuable approach to evaluating new therapies for PD, a disease that has devastating impacts on the lives of millions of patients and their families.
Neuroscience research kicks of World Cup
More than a billion people all around the globe got their first look at cutting edge neuroscience research in action today when a paraplegic youth wearing a thought-controlled, robotic exoskeleton kicked a ball to launch the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care animal use data report for 2011 is now available online. Details of the types of animals used, categories of invasiveness and purpose of animal use are available in the summary report.News
Yeast, cows and GM mice – 2013 Nobel Prize highlights contribution of model organisms in biomedical science
This morning the The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.
“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”
Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University, explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare.